Bless Our Children
An often quoted verse of the Bible is John 3:16.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Unfortunately most people, Christians included, misinterpret this verse. They use their human experience and understanding to think about how each of us presumably bestows our own flesh and blood children with deep love and commitment.
First, we know a multitude do not give their own children love. From my own experience, I know my children’s biological father does not love his kids. If he did, he would not have taken away their mother to avenge his own wounded ego. And my own mother has always told me I am unlovable. Recently, after the death of my biological father, my mother withdrew even the pretense of love – her financial support and her inclusion of me in family gatherings.
But my own experience of lack of love from a biological parent pales in comparison to those who suffer beatings, incest and abandonment from the parents who begot them.
I think the word “begotten” is in John 3:16 to distinguish Christ from the rest of God’s children. It is not that God loves Christ more than he loves any one of us. It is that he loves us all just the same. He even chose the begotten one as a sacrifice – not wanting that any of us should perish.
God loves all his children: the black ones, the white ones, the ones of Jewish blood, the gentiles. He loves the smart ones, the simple, the financially wealthy and the poor. In fact it is easier for the poor and meek to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven – they can turn to God and realize all they have is from him easier than the children who were gifted with worldly goods and talents.
God loves all his children. We are called to love one another, regardless of who our earthly seed was from.
If it is difficult for you to care for a child because he is from the seed or the womb of your “enemy”, just go back 14 generations times four and you will find we are all from the same family.
“God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”